Gaspard - Sauvignon Blanc - 2021

Gaspard - Sauvignon Blanc - 2021

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Fermented for one month at 18-19ºC (cold fermentation) in 300 hl tanks with indigenous yeasts. Aged on fine lees for six months. Light filtration before bottling with less than 3g of sulfur at bottling.

Farming: Organic

From the importer: Gaspard is a Jenny & François house label. The grapes are sourced from a winemaker in the Loire Valley who makes the wines to our specifications. Jenny met a Parisian artist and asked her to create labels for this project. They put their heads together and came up with a name “Gaspard,” and a joyful label for lovely Loire-Valley creations.

About Jenny & Francois Selections: Operating out of unofficial office spaces carved from their residences in France and New York City, Jenny Lefcourt and her husband, François Ecot, launched Jenny & François Selections as a side project in 2000 to import and distribute natural wines from France to a handful of New York restaurants and shops. Full Article

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France. It is planted in many of the world's wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. The grape is also a component of the famous dessert wines from Sauternes and Barsac. Sauvignon Blanc is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Romania, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Bulgaria, the states of Washington and California in the US. Some New World Sauvignon blancs, particularly from California, may also be called "Fumé Blanc", a marketing term coined by Robert Mondavi in reference to Pouilly-Fumé.
Depending on the climate, the flavor can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical. In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with noticeable acidity and "green flavors" of grass, green bell peppers and nettles with some tropical fruit (such as passion fruit) and floral (such as elderflower) notes. In warmer climates, it can develop more tropical fruit notes but risks losing much aroma from over-ripeness, leaving only slight grapefruit and tree fruit (such as peach) notes.
Wine experts have used the phrase "crisp, elegant, and fresh" as a favorable description of Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley and New Zealand.

Country: France
Region: Touraine (Loire)

The "garden of France", Touraine's most famous wines are the still red wines from the individual appellations of Bourgueil, Chinon and St Nicolas de Bourgueil, and it's still and sparkling wines from Vouvray and Montlouis. The soil contains a local limestone unique to the area called Tuffeau. It is characterized as a chalky or sandy, fine-grained limestone, white to yellowish-cream in appearance, and micaceous (containing some white flakes of mica, or muscovite). Ancient Loire Valley formed the floor of a vast sea. Over the millennia, sediment from the sea floor, comprised fossilized living organisms and sand particles, became compressed to form what is now known as Tuffeau stone.
Weathered tuffeau, combined with sand, flint, and clay—as found in the Central Loire regions of Anjou, Saumur and Touraine is an excellent vineyard soil. Tuffeau is equally famous for being the building blocks of many of the gorgeous castles of the Loire, and may also be known as Turonian Limestone (after the city of Tours).

Tasting: Citrus, lemon verbena

Pairings: Serve slightly chilled, fish, cheese, particularly chèvre, sushi.